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New York City Elevator DOB: Periodic Inspections, 2023.

The new DOB code is effective as of 01-01-22. It covers both elevators and escalators as well as other conveying systems. Effective on that date is a new yearly Periodical Inspection (PI). All bulletins can be found on our website. The full version of the code can be found there as well.


We have listed the main changes you need to know. We have also provided a summary of the changes. We hope this makes for easy reading and insight, as to what the DOB expects from Owners/Mangers of buildings, for all forms of Vertical Transportation (VT) in 2022.


The frequency and type of periodic inspections required may vary depending on the type of building or facility. Elevator Inspections ensure that elevators are operating safely and in compliance with city regulations. Overall, periodic inspections are an important part of ensuring the safety and well-being of building occupants and the general public in NYC.


As you are likely aware, elevator codes and regulations can change over time in order to improve safety standards and keep up with new technologies. The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) is responsible for overseeing the installation and maintenance of elevators in the city, and they regularly update their codes and regulations to reflect industry best practices and new developments in elevator technology.



Periodic inspections in NYC refer to inspections of buildings and facilities that are conducted on a regular basis to ensure compliance with local safety and building codes. These inspections are typically overseen by various city agencies, such as the New York City Department of Buildings, the Fire Department of New York, and the Department of Environmental Protection, among others. However, according to the New code that was introduced on 01/01/22, it is now the responsibility of the Building Owner to ensure that these inspections are completed on time.


Periodical Inspection (PI).

  • All NYC Tests and Inspections have changed with respect to Periodic Inspections, Cat 1, Cat 3, and Cat 5 Tests.

  • It is IMPORTANT to comply, as some units may need 3 separate tests.

  • The DOB has shortened all compliance and filing times, in addition to adding new procedures.

  • All passenger, freight, and escalator units must now have a maintenance contract in effect.

  • Vertical Transportation requirements just became more strict and operating expenses will increase.

  • Fireman’s recall requirements will be enforced on all Periodical Inspections and Cat Tests.

  • Tracking Services will be required to comply with the new rules, regulations, and filings to avoid penalties.

  • Filing Fees, Fines, Forms, and other changes are noted by the DOB.

Note: All Testing/Inspection required must be performed by a NYC License Agency and that agency cannot be affiliated with companies performing maintenance on the equipment. VSA is available to answer any of your questions on the new requirements.



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